I will never, ever get tired of that view. It's always exactly the same, and it's always absolutely perfect.
For the past week-ish, I've been in upstate New York, out of cell phone and GPS range and only around wireless once to send some emails. So basically lost to the rest of the world, and it was FABULOUS. Here's a basic day:
7ish: wake up, lie in bed for a while marveling at the fact that I have absolutely nothing that I need to do. Eventually roll out of bed and don my swimsuit. Grab a cup of coffee and a towel and walk down the hill to the lake.
8am-dinnertime: swim, lie in the sun and get dry, swim again, walk barefoot through the woods over a century-old carpet of pine needles, go for a quick paddle or row across the lake, head back up to the camp (that's Gahadaese for "house") for some ridiculous dinner made by my wonderful uncle - something like grilled marinated lamb.
9ish-the wee hours: campfire time! Shooting the breeze, jamming, taking an impromptu trip across the lake at 2am to see what the creepy light that appears there sometimes is (and then turning around before we got there because SOMEONE who happened to be rowing got skeered), roasting marshmallows, midnight swimming...and then finally picking your way back to camp barefoot in the dark to fall asleep and do it all over again tomorrow.
I spent the entire week barefoot, only slipping on my flip-flops a couple times but always kicking them off again before too long. I sang with some old friends who are now incredibly good at guitar for a talent show (although our jam session earlier was miles better because I'm not used to microphones), danced for several hours straight at a square dance that also included multiple playings of "The Electric Slide" and wished it could have been twice as long. And every morning I walked down to look over the lake, at that view that's been refreshingly unchanged ever since I first saw it as a baby. Forget Paris. As long as we have Gahada, I'll be one happy camper.